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Kyoto Cycling Tour Project

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Address: Kyoto 600-8235, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-354-3636
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A city where is full with history and culture. In such a city, ancient...

A city where is full with history and culture. In such a city, ancient traditional daily practices are remained in the backstreets, where usually not put in travel guide books. KCTP cycling tour leads you to explore those Kyoto’s chessboard like backstreet’s culture and custom with professional English speaking guides. Probably, it is the slowest cycling tour in the world, so even senior has no hesitate to join. Let’s explore Kyoto’s little treasure together!

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Best way to see the western sites

We spent the day cycling the western sites (Golden Temple, Nijojo Castle, Bamboo forest, etc). We found the cycling to be the best way to see these sites as they are not within... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Syracuse NY

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Syracuse NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent the day cycling the western sites (Golden Temple, Nijojo Castle, Bamboo forest, etc). We found the cycling to be the best way to see these sites as they are not within walking distance of one another. If you don't bike, you would have to do it by taxi or by tour bus. Our guide was very knowledgeable and... More 

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Osan, South Korea
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My friend and I took the backstreet tour throughout Kyoto. It was just ok. The riding was easy but we were very disappointed to ride by and/or stand outside the tour highlights. The tour felt very shallow.

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Canberra
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

I booked this trip for a group of 5 and a couple were a bit shocked at the price. Having said that, at the end of the day everyone agreed that it was the best thing we did in Japan. It's a great way to tour around - and quite easy to ride through Kyoto (traffic is fine). Having your... More 

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

Started from their northern outpost,first stop was the garden with the golden pavillion. Since it was raining, they provided us with raingear. From there we went to the Kodaiji temple with its rock garden, then on to the bamboo forest. All in all, about 3.5 hours of easy cycling and interesting sights. Very friendly and informative lady guide, Keiko.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016 via mobile

We did the full day tour and rode through the backstreets and felt this was a wonderful way to see Kyoto. Our guide was Kitty and she was fantastic - lots of information a great sense of fun with the kids (ages 11 and 13 yrs). We felt safe at all times and as Kyoto is largely flat we were... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

You find this small shop close to Kyoto Station. We did not join their guided cycling tours, but simply rented bikes for the day. Cost 1000 yen per day. Then we took a ride along the Kyoto river and used some hours seing other parts of Kyoto. It was enjoyable and if you bike along the river (few points where... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

We took the backstreets tour on June 14th and it was probably the highlight of our trip to Japan for me. Our tour guide, Hideki, spoke English very well and we learned so much about the historical sites. I loved riding through the backstreets and along the river. We got a few glimpses of geishas, shrines and the imperial palace.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016 via mobile

This review is for the Kyoto Station branch for their rental service, not their tour service. Their "large" frame size is on the small end for their city bikes, wouldn't recommend this spot for someone over 180cm unless you're looking for a mountain bike; they did have a MTB frame that was a somewhat larger size and the components appeared... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

I did this tour on the 30th April. It was a stunner of a day. Our guide Annie was awesome. Her English capability was perfect and she had created some awesome interpretive material to use alongside the guided spiel she gave us. We8 did the BACKSTREET tour. which lasts about 3.5 hours and takes yo to Gion, a few temples... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016 via mobile

We did this tour on 2 May 2016. We were staying on the other side of the train station from the home base and found it very easily. Jamie was so full of enthusiasm and knowledge it was fantastic. He kept the group together, excited, and rehydrated. It was a fairly hot day! We saw so many sights and had... More 

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Staying in Shimogyo-ku

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Shimogyo-ku
Shimogyo-ku is centered around the busy train hub, Kyoto Station. A nexus for commerce, shopping, dining, and hotels, the Shimogyo-ku area is infused with tourists and local business travelers, making it a competitive location for ever-new commercial structures. The shops and cafes here are chic and trendy, as a result, with many recognizable chains. Commuters flood the Shimogyo-ku area twice a day, and with Kyoto Station itself being a modern mega-complex and an architectural marvel, this neighborhood is one of the most contemporary and energetic areas that the city has to offer. Buildings here look futuristic, and huge department stores, shopping arcades, and public meeting spaces provide every possible convenience. It is also nearly the only place in Kyoto where rooftop dining and socializing is available, completing its modern tone.